Shrine

DATE:
late 18th–19th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Silver over wood
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 90 x 69 x 32 in. (2 m 28.6 cm x 1 m 75.26 cm x 81.28 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
308 3RD FLOOR STAIR LANDING
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1995.77.A-GG

General Description

The semi-dome and scalloped arch that top this shrine are Islamic Mughal architectural forms. The courtiers mounted on elephants are Indo-Muslim. Celestial female musicians and birds ornament the upper level of the shrine. These structures in the form of miniature temples were used in the domestic shrines of well-to-do Hindu and Jain homes and as devotional chapels inside larger temples. A Gujarati Jain inscription on the shrine lists the costs of the various sculptural parts, indicating that perhaps a merchant was the donor.

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Translating Culture II is a collaborative project between the DMA, MAP - Make Art with Purpose, and Architecture Cluster students from Dallas ISD's Skyline High School. The group met over the course of two months, finding inspiration through the exploration of the DMA's collection and working in small teams to create personal interpretations, creative responses, and contextual information.
Translating Culture II is a collaborative project between the DMA, MAP - Make Art with Purpose, and Architecture Cluster students from Dallas ISD's Skyline High School. The group met over the course of two months, finding inspiration through the exploration of the DMA's collection and working in small teams to create personal interpretations, creative responses, and contextual information.
Translating Culture II is a collaborative project between the DMA, MAP - Make Art with Purpose, and Architecture Cluster students from Dallas ISD's Skyline High School. The group met over the course of two months, finding inspiration through the exploration of the DMA's collection and working in small teams to create personal interpretations, creative responses, and contextual information.
Translating Culture II is a collaborative project between the DMA, MAP - Make Art with Purpose, and Architecture Cluster students from Dallas ISD's Skyline High School. The group met over the course of two months, finding inspiration through the exploration of the DMA's collection and working in small teams to create personal interpretations, creative responses, and contextual information.